CAGS Workshop Series for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Published on October 13, 2021

Anti-Racism Response Training (ART)

Event Date
Saturday 6 November 2021

Event Time
12:00 - 3:00 PM (ET)


CAGS is excited to offer this important and timely three hour workshop designed to build awareness around issues of race and racism in Canadian higher education. This workshop will introduce participants to the historical legacies of racism in this country, and provide an overview of key concepts such as micro-aggression, systemic racism, and implicit bias. The workshop is premised on the active-witnessing model, in which participants will learn enhanced techniques for intervening and disrupting racism in their institutions and in their daily lives. The session will be held over Zoom for a three-hour period on Saturday, 7 November from 12:00-3:00 PM (ET). The facilitators will conduct the sessions in English.

Developed by Dr. Ishu Ishiyama – and recently adapted and enhanced for virtual audiences by Naomi Wolfe, Sanchit Mittal, and Thanh Tazumi – the ART Program uses a witness-centred approach to disrupting racism. This training is designed to encourage participants to shift from being frozen or silent bystanders to becoming active witnesses and, in doing so, to help disrupt racism and build safer and more inclusive communities.

In keeping with the commitments laid out in our Call to Action for an End to Racism in and through Graduate Education (2020), CAGS is making a limited number of tickets available to Graduate Students and Postdocs from within our community of member institutions. Tickets will be sold for $35.00 CAD (no tax), and will include participation in the three-hour training session. CAGS is a registered charity, and all ticket proceeds will go towards covering the costs of the workshop series.

Tickets are available to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows/associates from CAGS member institutions, and will be sold until the capacity of the workshop has been reached. If needed, a second workshop will be created and held on Sunday 8 November 2021 from 12:00-3:00 PM (ET).

To register for the CAGS Anti-Racism Response Training (ART) Workshop, please visit our registration page.

Registration closes on Wednesday, 3 November at 4:00 PM (ET).

We encourage you to share this email among your network of colleagues who may not be on the CAGS email lists.

Meet the Facilitators

Thanh Tazumi (she/her/hers) and her family immigrated to Canada as refugees in 1984. After completing her BA in Psychology in 1996 she married her husband Mark Tazumi. Together they have two grown daughters. Thanh worked for a multicultural organization for 10 years, coordinating anti-racism, diversity, and organizational change projects. She coordinated the first anti-racism walk in Campbell River, in 1997 and formed a committee to continue this annual event until 2006. She has co-facilitated workshops on intercultural communication, diversity & inclusion, and Anti-racism Response Training. Thanh currently lives and works on the traditional territory of the Lekwiltok and E’iksan-K’ómoks peoples. She is aware of the history of racism in Canada and many of its impacts on Indigenous and other racialized peoples. She is committed to being an antiracist and working toward healing and reconciliation.

Naomi L. Wolfe (she/her/hers) is a mixed European settler Canadian, originally from Saskatchewan, who is grateful to reside on the unceded traditional territory of the E’iksan and K’omoks Peoples. Naomi’s start in anti-racism work began when she was a teen, as a member of an anti-racism youth group in Nashville, Tennessee, during the desegregation of schools through crosstown bussing. After 11 years in the USA and ten years living, studying and working in Guatemala, Naomi moved back to Canada, and eventually to Vancouver Island. Through her work with the Immigrant Welcome Centre and 29 years as ESL faculty at North Island College, Naomi gained a deep understanding of the barriers faced by her diverse community. Naomi facilitates A.R.T., intercultural communication, Theatre for Living, and Compassionate Listening (TCLP) workshops, and has presented at conferences in BC and internationally. Naomi greatly values collaborating with others to bring about a more just and inclusive society.

Sanchit Mittal (he/him/his) came to Canada as an international student; he holds two Master’s degrees. He has diverse experience in working with various marginalized communities, including LGBTQ2+ and refugees. With over seven years of experience in various Indian and Canadian organizations, living as an uninvited guest on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples, Sanchit deeply values Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI), and is passionate about Truth and Reconciliation and Social Justice work, including Anti-Racism. Sanchit has co-facilitated many workshops including: LGBTQ2+ inclusion, Communications in Intercultural classrooms, Allyship, Microaggressions. Sanchit has worked in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) International Education and served as the Vice President for SIETAR BC. Currently a Partnerships Manager at an Ontario-based Edu-Tech company, he is also an EDI Consultant for VIU.


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